Let The Spirit Lead

I read something intriguing today. Romans 8:6-8 can be interpreted as the Holy Spirit controls our life, but in essence, we are participating in His life. Our mind is controlled by the Holy Spirit which in itself gives us life and peace.

This scripture shows two dispositions, that of the non-Christian and the Christian states of mind. Paul describes two different lives, two different mindsets, and two different conditions.

The Non-Christian experiences separation from God, and exists in a state of death because they did not receive the eternal life through Jesus. Christians have eternal life that begins at their salvation. See John 5:24

This scriptural identifier relates back to the conflict between the flesh and Jesus’ life. The law could not be accomplished because of the intervention of Christ. A mindset focused on the flesh reveals the presence of spiritual death. A life that sets its mind on the Spirit introduced Gods love and peace into their lives.

This ties back to free-will. God gave us a choice, live a carnal life, and allow our sinful nature to reign and enjoy what this world offers, or invite the Holy Spirit into our lives, allowing Him to control and guide our journey, and eventually join our Lord in heaven.

Barclay’s interpretation of this scripture reads, ‘be absorbed in the things of the Spirit.’

Clearly, Romans 8:6-8 distinguishes the life of believers and non-believers. But to me, it most importantly explains how we participate in the Holy Spirits’ life. We are more than vessels. We are family. He resides in us, and we are absorbed by the things of the Spirit. We rely on Him, obey the Word and depend upon His presence in our lives.

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mindset on the flesh is death, but the mindset on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mindset on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans‬ ‭8:1-11‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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Scripture – Bible.com

Resources – Precept Austin. Romans 8:6-8; Desiring God, Set Your Mind on the Spirit, Romans 8:6-8; Bible Exposition Commentary, Romans 8:6. Verse-by-Verse Commentary.com (Some text paraphrased or quoted)

Visit my Young Christian Warriors site. The earliest Posts were written to help parents guide and train their children to access the Word of God to direct their steps. Later Posts were written for everyone, though I believe the Posts to parents can serve as reminders for all ages.

~Personalize God’s Word, Psalm 91
~God’s Divine Influence
~Learn to Thank God As Part of Prayer
~God, Crisis, and Grace
~God’s Unequivocal Love
~Because He’s God and God Alone
~One Step is Enough
~Living Through the Muck and Mire of Life
~There’s more, visit the site.

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Time To Come Into The Light

Many of us are afraid to come into the light. We hide in the shadows hoping that our sins aren’t discovered. Our sins are tearing us apart. The sins others have laid upon us are tearing us up, but fear will not allow us to expose them. Our actions are destroying us. We need help. Self-recovery is not working, yet fear and doubt hold us back from seeking help. Many become alienated, lose friends and family, and feel lost in the darkness but cannot navigate through to the light.

What does John 3:20-21 mean to you? Is there anything you need to shed – anger, rage, disappointment, evil acts, loss? What do you fear will be exposed if you seek help, spiritual and/or psychological?

It’s time to stop existing in the dark and begin living in the light. It’s time to take a deep breath, exhale, practice the truth, repent, seek God’s help, go to counseling* and move into the light.

* God created careers and professions. He created doctors, psychiatrists,  psychologists, and counselors to help us work through our darkness. Make today the best day of your life. Take the first step on your knees and the next contacting a professional.

Images – YouVersion.Bible.com

Scriptures – Bible.com

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Language Controls Our Destiny

The words we speak control our destiny. There are three versions of Proverbs 13:3, all three are applicable to our daily lives.

“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Proverbs‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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Language can be used as a weapon. How often do we utter hurtful attacks, harmful thoughts and rash statements only to wish we could take them back? All to often. Our language is how we communicate with others, it can be a positive tool or a weapon.

“The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life; The one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin.” Proverbs‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Key words: guards, mouth, protects, lips, chatters, ruin

There’s a saying, ‘loose lips sink ships’. We must all learn to think before we speak. Take a moment before responding or beginning a conversation and there will be no need to wish that you could retract the words that flowed out of your lips. This is something we all must spend time practicing.

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Scripture – YouVersion, Bible.com

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Be Strong, Do Not Waver

It is important that we do not waver in our faith, even when we do not feel like it, or when things are not going our way.

The Lord is our rock, shelter, healer, teacher, advocate, counselor, guide, friend, and Father. He is always by our side. He is always with us.

We are secure in the hands of the Lord, when we waver, we enter uncharted waters.

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Scripture – YouVersion, Bible.com

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Forgive Seventy X Seven Times

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Jesus commands us to forgive those who harmed us seventy times seven times: there is no limit to the number of times we should forgive those who sinned against us. 

My June 13 Post Forgiveness is Not Easy, discussed the difficulties of forgiving. The May 16 Post – Satan Never Rests – Experience the  Joy of Forgiveness, shares God’s promise to forgive us of our sins. The focus of this Post is how we must forgive and why Jesus said you must forgive seventy times seven times. The concept of forgiveness is very intricate. When others hurt us, we feel violated, offended and harmed. It is not easy to forgive those who sinned against us, in fact, Peter wanted Jesus to provide a rule to obey. He asked Jesus, who many times must we forgive someone who sinned against us, asking as many as seven? In other words, Jesus, give me a number.

“Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times? No, not seven times, Jesus replied, but seventy times seven!”
Matthew 18:21-22, NLT

This scripture shares that there is no fixed number to ascribe to forgiveness. We should forgive as often as they repent and acknowledge their fault. The frequency of the occasion is not bound by forgiveness, the mandate it is exercising the grace of forgiveness from the heart.

What does forgiveness require of us?

Forgiveness is not about salvation, it is forgiving because first God forgave us, and he forgave us at great cost.

According to Biblegateway, forgiveness must issue from the heart (18:35) it must be sincere (compare Is 59:13). God has forgiven us; if we fail to show grace to others who have repented-guilty parties in a divorce, former gang members, adulterers, homosexuals, gossipers, crafty politicians-then this text simply promises us hellfire (compare Mt 5:7; 6:12, 14-15).

Why is it so difficult to forgive? The truth is, we often forgive intellectually, by simply voicing the words. It is quite another thing to forgive from the heart. We offer forgiveness through words that are void of the love based in our heart. It is possible to receive forgiveness but not truly experience forgiveness from our heart. This is why it is so difficult to share forgiveness with others. Forgiveness must be from the heart. When you have an unforgiving spirit, you put yourself in prison spiritually and emotionally.  People who do not forgive often swing the pendulum to hate. We pay dearly for the luxury of carrying a grudge.

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
~George Herbert

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Images – Google Images; Pexels.com

Scriptures – Biblegateway.com

Resources – Biblestudytools.com, Matthew 18:21-22 Commentary, John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible; Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Dictionary by Warren Wiersbe

For Children’s Studies, visit YoungChristianWarriors.com, September-November 2017

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We Are Disciples

Each of us is a disciple of Christ. Our mandate is to study the Bible, learn the scriptures, apply them in our lives, and share them with others.

In short, others become disciples, followers of Christ, observing and listening to you. God lives in you and his Word convicts; you are the vessel, the bearer of the News.

Paul shared, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭NIV

Becoming a follower of Christ, a disciple is a process. It does not happen overnight. When you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, you enter into the process. It is the beginning of your walk with Christ.

I know that as I mature as a Christian warrior, my actions and deeds become more evident, in that much of what I do is guided intuitively by the Word. When I am counseling others, it is being guided by the Word. When I look in the mirror a see a quieter, more peaceful demeanor.

The Word has become my language and communication tool. When I regress, I am immediately convicted, remorseful, and feel I have let God down because others have seen me out of sync with the Word. I repent, and may share my feelings with those around me, and move forward in the Word, continuing down my path to becoming more Christ-like. As teachers and leaders often share, all experiences are teachable moments.

 

Contemplate your transformation. Are you studying the Word and seeing it guide your thoughts and actions? Are you sharing your experiences with others? Are you using your experiences as teachable moments? Most importantly, are you spending time with the Lord and giving the Holy Spirit a clean residence, continually stripping away your old nature?

Images – Google Images; YouVersion.Bible.com

Scriptures – BibleGateway.com

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